When I was growing up, we moved around a lot and rented homes which often came with really, really ugly wallpapered walls, but we were not allowed to paint over them or change their look. This pretty much turned me off the idea of ever using wallpaper in my own home, until recently. Several random stores around me either display, on their walls, or sell really cool looking wallpaper, the kind that makes me think "I NEED that in my home!"
I looked on the Web and it seems that installing wallpaper is not too quick or simple. You can get it installed for you, or, if you do want to try it yourself, it is recommend you look around for specific tips and instructions to guide you and keep you from ruining your walls, making mistakes and wasting the paper you might have just spent a bundle of money on. These thorough instructions from the DIY Network look straightforward, clear and very detailed and would be a good starting point, I think. The summary of their process is this: (You can click on each step below for more details from their site)
- Step 1: Prep the Area
- Step 2: Check for Blemishes
- Step 3: Prepare the Wall Surface
- Step 4: Measure and Cut the Wallpaper
- Step 5: Immerse the Wallpaper in Water
- Step 6: Activate the Adhesive
- Step 7: Lightly Mark the Wall
- Step 8: Hang the First Piece
- Step 9: Check the Corners for Wrinkles
- Step 10: Smooth Out the Wallpaper
- Step 11: Hang the Remaining Pieces
- Step 12: Trim the Edges
- Step 13: Press the Seams Together
But first, the fun part: Finding paper you love, which will give a room in your home a whole new exciting style and feel. Here are some sites I have found with really cool options. But enjoy the hunt, because there are tons of choices out there to suit any needs or tastes.
Have you ever used wallpaper in your home? Do you enjoy it?